An irresistible journey of discovery, science, history, and myth making, told through the lives and afterlives of seven famous human ancestors

"An important reminder that we are a self-obsessed species that loves a good hero story."
Brian Switek (Wall Street Journal)

“Describing human evolution through accounts of fossils that became media events might seem a publicity ploy, but science journalist Pyne pulls it off. [Pyne] casts her net… widely, adding captivating accounts of how each discovery fascinated the mass media and entered literature and popular culture.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred)
“Highly readable and an excellent title for armchair explorers with dreams of their own history-making discoveries.”

“Impressively blends the humanities and science
to greatly enrich both.”
Publishers Weekly

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Brooklyn Magazine 100 Books to Read For the Rest of 2016


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